MS in Professional and Technical Communications

The MS in Professional and Technical Communication is designed to meet the emerging challenges of technological and scientific innovations, social media and aesthetic design, cross-cultural environments, and global impact.

The online MSPTC program was established in 1994 and has been available to students in the New York City metropolitan area as well as students around the world. Our classes are designed to accommodate working schedules and time zones so students can complete their work at any time of the day. Professors and working professionals who teach in our program are skilled in designing online courses with a suite of resources to provide engaging virtual classrooms for teaching and learning. Our students bring their expertise to our classes as well, initiating lively discussions and information sharing as we explore course topics together.

Program Mission

The MS in Professional and Technical Communication prepares students to be leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. The program, which has its home in a major technological research university, emphasizes a research-driven approach to problem-solving using contemporary technological tools.  Both faculty and industry experts provide strong theoretical foundations within a practical framework.

Admission Requirements

General NJIT admission requirements pertain; you must have completed a four-year undergraduate program accredited in the United States or its equivalent and demonstrate superior academic achievement in an appropriate discipline. We look for students who placed in the top half of their graduating class and department, with a cumulative GPA no lower than 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, the following documents will be requested for admission:

  • a statement outlining how the degree will meet personal and professional objectives;
  • a current resume;
  • two letters of recommendation;
  • a portfolio of work (writing, web development, or other appropriate showcase of work);
  • Application for Admission to Graduate Study form;
  • Official transcripts of all prior work and certificate of graduation;
  • GRE scores (These scores are required of all international applicants, all applicants who have earned their last degree outside of the United States, and students who wish to apply for merit-based financial support on individual basis; other applicants do not need GRE scores);
  • TOEFL scores of 550 (pencil and paper) and 213 (computer-based) are required of all international applicants.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 30 degree credits taken over a minimum of two semesters. Five core courses must be completed by all students; five elective courses allow students to specialize in selected areas of professional and technical communication. Students must design and maintain an ePortfolio of work completed within the courses and reviewed by the instructional faculty every semester. In the final semester before graduation, students are required to take PTC 691 ePortfolio Capstone Seminar and make an oral presentation of their portfolio.

The following course curriculum consists solely of NJIT courses offered frequently online. Other courses that pertain to this program may be available online or face to face at NJIT in Newark, NJ, but are not listed here.

Core Courses  
PTC 601 Advanced Professional and Technical Communication 3
PTC 603 Identity, Technology, and Communication 3
PTC 604 Communication Theory and Research 3
PTC 605 Elements of Visual Design 3
PTC 606 Advanced Information Design 3
ePortfolio  
PTC 691 ePortfolio Capstone Seminar 0
Elective Courses  
Select five of the following: 15
Research Methods for Information Design  
Proposal Writing  
Working in Teams: Collaborative and Interpersonal Communications  
Professional and Technical Editing  
Communication Media Design Studio  
Analyzing Social Networks  
Theory and Practice of Social Media  
Communication and Environmental Problem Solving  
Content Management and Information Architecture  
Health Communications  
Corporate Media and Communication  
Communication in Technology Transfer and Innovation  
ELearning Design for Mobile  
Selected Topics in Professional and Technical Communication  
Master'S Project  
Master'S Thesis  
Independent Study in Professional and Technical Communication  
Total Required Credits 30

Faculty Advisor: Andrew Klobucar
​Academic Department: Humanities